Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington may have lost out at Saturday’s election but she was a winner at the Kumbia Races on Tuesday
Amelia Dalton, from Cushnie, tied as Fashions Of the Field Most Stylish Lady (Under 45)

November 3, 2020

Kumbia Race Club has been holding meetings on Melbourne Cup Day for 50 years … which is why a visit to the “Flemington Of The Bush” has become an annual ritual for many South Burnett residents.

The pandemic couldn’t stop the annual celebration on Tuesday, although everyone had to sign in, of course, and spectators were limited to just 1000.

The golden anniversary of Cup Day racing also coincided with another major milestone: Huston Motors have been sponsoring racing at Kumbia for, you guessed it, 50 years.

Race Club president Brian Lenihan thanked Hustons for being “super sponsors” over the years but said due to COVID-19 the extra-special celebrations that had been planned to mark the occasion had been postponed until next year.

Bookmakers were kept busy in the ring with punters eager to wager on the Melbourne Cup plus the local races and Doomben.

The warm weather meant volunteers in the canteen and bar were also working hard – but everyone agreed the sunshine was better than last year’s gale-force winds!

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington and husband Jason were also enjoying a relaxing day at the races after months of election campaigning.

Deb was a sponsor of Race 2 and also placed a bet on the winner – possibly an omen pick after the weekend result? – which easily romped home.

For the second year in a row, the Kumbia Races took part in “Pinking Up The South Burnett” to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

The Fashions Of The Field theme was “A Dash Of Pink” and racegoers complied with pink dresses, hats, handbags, shirts, ties … and even toenails!

Winner of the Most Stylish Lady (Over 45) was Verelle O’Shanesy, from Kingaroy, while the Under 45 title was a tie between Amelia Dalton, from Cushnie, and Amy Smoothy, from Glencliffe.

Shane Hamilton won the Best Dressed Gentleman category with runner-up Darryl Dove, from Kingaroy.

The all-important Kumbia Cup (Race 5) was won by ‘Rather Salubrious’, trained and part-owned by David Reynolds, from Dalby.

The five-year-old mare has now qualified to race in the Country Cups Challenge at Doomben on December 5.

Winner of Race 1, five-year-old gelding ‘Diggity’ owned by the Black family at Burrandowan, qualified to take part in the Country Stampede which will be raced at Doomben on the same day.

Most Stylish Lady (Under 45) runner-up Trudie Payne, Eidsvold; with tied winner Amy Smoothy, Kumbia
Most Stylish Lady (Over 45) winner Verelle O’Shanesy with runner-up Annie Johnston, Dalby
Kathy McMurdy, from Kumbia, invited a big bunch of friends up from the Gold Coast to enjoy the local races
Working hard in the canteen … Linda Thomas, Kumbia; Ros Heit, Wooroolin; Josie McConville, Kumbia; and Jean Day, from Beenleigh
Jess Simpkins, Kumbia, with Amy and Kevin Smoothy, from Glencliffe
Emma Wilson with Matt and Chris Simpkins, all from Kumbia
Jason and Deb Frecklington … enjoying a day out away from politics
Michelle Clancy, Kumbia; Verelle O’Shanesy, Kingaroy; and Felicity Reinke, Cushnie
Robyn Welsh, Ellesmere; Abigail Andersson, Goodger; Brad Trace, Kingaroy; and Darhnell Barbeler, Ellesmere
South Burnett McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Sue Cox with Jenny Robinson, Nanango
Race sponsors Powersafe Kingaroy brought along a contingent … from left, Bec George, Martin Mansell, Jason and Anne George and Bek Coleiro

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Race Results

The narrowest finish of the day was in Race 5, the Kumbia Cup … ‘Rather Salubrious’ (5) , with jockey Leeanne McCoy, reached the winning post ahead of the fast-finishing ‘Chamberlain’, centre, and ‘Red Devil’
‘Rather Salubrious’ with trainer and part-owner David Reynolds – and the Kumbia Cup – at the trophy presentation

Race 1 – Country Stampede Qualifier Open Quality Handicap (1000m)
1. Diggity (7) – Isabella Teh
2. Music Scene (8) – Leeanne McCoy
3. Metro Tramp (9) – Girish Goomany
Margins: 3 lengths x nose

Race 2 – QTIS Maiden Plate (1200m)
1. Miss Nasty (9) – Girish Goomany
2. Zou Zou Kacanarkis (6) – Hannah Richardson
3. Suzy Needs Lovin’ (10) – Isabella Teh
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x length

Race 3 – Joyce, Boy & Jenny Reed Memorial Burnett To The Valley Class 2 Plate (1200m)
1. Valar Dohaeris (2) – Ty Wheeler
2. Forgotten Feeling (3) – Girish Goomany
3. Miss Ready Now (4) – Louise Dillon
Margins: 3 1/2 lengths x neck

Race 4 – Jim Lenihan/Helen Smoothy/Win Lenihan Memorial BenchMark 50 Handicap (1400m)
1. Craiglea Arion (5) – Louise Dillon
2. Run Pam Run (1) – Leeanne McCoy
3. Cash Bundle (2) – Girish Goomany
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x length

Race 5 – Country Cups Challenge Qualifier/Huston Motors Kumbia Cup Open Handicap (1400m)
1. Rather Salubrious (5) – Leeanne McCoy
2. Chamberlain (7) – Tessa Townsend
3. Red Devil (6) – Hannah Richardson
Margins: 3/4 length x neck

‘Diggity’, with Isabella Teh on board, hits the line as an easy winner in Race 1
Race 1 presentation … sponsors Rohan Voller (Rohan Voller’s Denture Studio) and Cr Scott Henschen (representing the South Burnett Regional Council) with winning jockey Isabella Teh and ‘Diggity’ owners Bob and Dorothy Black, from Burrandowan, and Kumbia Race Club president Brian Lenihan

Race sponsor Deb Frecklington presented owner /trainer Leigh Wanless, from Maryborough, with his prize after ‘Miss Nasty’ romped home in Race 2

Kumbia Race Club life member Jack Murray accepted the Race 4 prize on behalf of the Johnston family, from Bernice Bolton, on behalf of the Lenihan family
Martin Mansell, from sponsors Powersafe Kingaroy, with Race 3 winner ‘Valar Dohaeris’ owner Shirley Schrader, Jandowae; Russell Reed, Brisbane; and Kumbia Race Club president Brian Lenihan

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